Haaretz's Judy Maltz Wins Excellence in Journalism Award

Award jury cites her for 'large body of work about the Greek, Brazilian, Ugandan, Yemenite, U.S. British and Hungarian Jewish communities.'

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Judy Maltz.Credit: Haaretz

Haaretz journalist Judy Maltz, a specialist in topics with a Jewish world focus, was awarded the B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportaģe on Thursday.

Matan Hodorov, chief economic correspondent for Channel 10 News, was co-winner of the award in the broadcast category and Times of Israel Editor David Horovitz won a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The jury commended Maltz for "a large body of work that appeared in the course of 2013 in Haaretz, in both Hebrew and English, including articles about the Greek, Brazilian, Ugandan, Yemenite, U.S. British and Hungarian Jewish communities."

B'nai B'rith World Center director Alan Schneider said, "Judging from the continued increase of applicants and entries for the award there seems to be profound interest in Diaspora Jewry and Israel-Diaspora relations among Israeli journalists that still deserves encouragement and recognition through this important awards project."

During her years with Haaretz, Maltz has established herself as Israel's leading Jewish affairs journalist. Her groundbreaking work includes documenting the struggle of the Women of the Wall movement, covering non-Orthodox Judaism in Israel and abroad and a series of articles on Israel with Kids, which were later published as an ebook.

Born in New York and educated at Barnard College, Maltz has worked as a journalist in Israel for many years and was a senior lecturer in journalism at Penn State University in Pennsylvania. In addition to Haaretz, she has written for the Financial Times, Reuters, The Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem Report and Globes.

In addition to her journalism, Maltz is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her film "No. 4 Street of our Lady," about a Polish-Catholic woman who saved 16 Jews during the Holocaust, has won multiple awards at international film festivals. Her latest film, "From the Black you make Color," is currently showing at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque.

Maltz, who is married with four children, lives in Tel Aviv.

The B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalism is named for the late Wolf Matsdorf, former editor of the B’nai B’rith World Center journal “Leadership Briefing” and a journalist in Israel and Australia, and his wife the late Hilda Matsdorf, a pioneer in social work in both Australia and Israel.

Since its establishment in 1992, the B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalism has recognized excellence in reportage on contemporary Diaspora Jewish communities and on the state of Israel-Diaspora relations today in the Israeli print and electronic media. The B'nai B'rith World Center Award is widely acknowledged in the media industry as the most prestigious prize in its field in Israel.

The members of the award jury were: Asher Weill (chair,) Prof. Yehudith Auerbach, Eytan Bentsur, Sara Frenkel, Shalom Kital, Prof. Tamar Liebes, Prof. Gabriela Shalev, and Bambi Sheleg.

See here for examples of Judy Maltz's work.

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